Happy Halloween to everyone and likely a time everyone is going to eat some sweets! At Bangor Dental Care we say none is best, but some types of sweets can be better than others!
1. Dark chocolate is the best candy for your teeth by a wide margin. Chocolate can be effective at fighting tooth decay, according to several studies, due to a compound in chocolate that helps harden tooth enamel. Compounds in cocoa beans also have an antibacterial effect that fights plaque. Good news for us all here at Bangor Dental Care as dark chocolate is our favourite!
2. Sugarless gum and sugarless sweets, such as sweets with stevia or sweets that diabetics consume. Sugar feeds bacteria and upsets the healthy ratios of pH and bacteria in the mouth, so a sugarless sweet comes in as “second best” here. However whenever you see the sugarless label, the sweet tends to have other bad chemicals in it that are detrimental to health in another way. Fruit and or nuts is a really nice healthy option.
3. Chocolate bars with nuts. Chocolate bars with a lot of nuts can break up the stickiness, and it’s the stickiness of a sweet that increases chance of cavity, so having nuts (and the protein/fiber that nuts provide) can break up the “badness” of the sticky parts of those types of sweets. Nuts can also break up some of the biofilm of the teeth.
Have a great time out there and Happy Halloween!!